NOV 2014

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 43 W E S T V I R G I N I A New App, Space Upgrades In Charleston Things are buzzing in Charleston, West Virginia, the state's capital and largest city. Among the many things the Charleston West Virginia CVB has been busy with is a new app that allows planners to put in all applica- ble Charleston meeting information and push out notifications to all attendees. "We're also using it to highlight special weekend events and festivals," said CVB President/CEO Alisa Bailey. Near-term projects coming up include a $600,000 planned upgrade of the Culture and History Museum on the Capitol Complex and $3 million in newly committed city funds to construct a bike lane to go along Kanawha Boulevard by the river. Longer term, the major renovation of the 130,000-square-foot Charleston Civic Center that will double its banquet space and add more breakout rooms is coming but still several years away. Charleston's downtown area has more than 1,450 sleeping rooms including 176 at the recently rebranded and renovated Four Points by Sheraton Charleston, formerly the Ramada Inn Downtown Charleston, which overlooks Haddad Riverfront Park and the Kanawha River. The property's main eatery, Recovery Sports Grill, just opened. ■ Historic Parkersburg Experience the intriguing past of one of West Virginiaʼs most historic cities, Park- ersburg, through colorful and fascinating historic sites. Take a ride on an authentic stern- wheeler down the majestic Ohio River to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and explore the beautifully recreated and meticulously furnished Blennerhassett Mansion (pictured below). This is the site of the alleged plot by Aaron Burr (third U.S. Vice President) and property owner Harman Blennerhassett to establish a Southwest empire. Visit the nationally recognized Oil and Gas Museum and learn about the events and people who engineered the birth of an industry and the creation of West Virginia while ensnared in the drama of the Civil War. Play championship golf courses, enjoy fishing, or try mountain biking/hiking on scenic trails. ■

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